Nigeria's Boko Haram abducted 1000 children since 2013

One of the released Nigerian school girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram from their school in Dapchi in the northeastern state of Yobe falls asleep as she waits with others at the Presidential Villa in Abuja before meeting with the president on March

The agency mentioned an interview it had with one of the victims of the insurgent group, a young woman now 17, named Khadija who had been abducted by Boko Haram following an attack on her town. A video released by Boko Haram in January, showed some girls, claiming to have been among the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls, said they wish to remain with their captors.

United Nations children's agency UNICEF, says more than 1,000 children in the northeast region of Nigeria have been abducted by Boko Haram since 2013. The U.N.'s report documented only verified cases, the first time it had published such a tally.

"These repeated attacks against children in schools are unconscionable", Mohamed Malick Fall, a UNICEF representative in Nigeria. But the actual number could be much larger, it added.

"Three members of the Boko Haram sect were neutralized during the exchange of fire".

A doctor attends to a malnourished child at a refugee camp in Yola Nigeria Sunday
Nigeria's Boko Haram abducted 1000 children since 2013

The UN agency said since the conflict started in Northeastern Nigeria almost nine years ago, at least, 2,295 teachers have been killed and more than 1,400 schools have been destroyed, adding that most of these schools have not reopened because of extensive damage or ongoing insecurity. In February, one faction kidnapped more than 100 schoolgirls from the town of Dapchi, previously untouched by the war. These girls were released by the group last month for reasons that are still unclear. Boko Haram, which has ties to Islamic State, is also known to have used some, including girls, as suicide bombers.

A Federal High Court in Abuja, yesterday discharged two persons, Ibrahim Ahmed and Sani Argungu, arraigned for alleged ties with Boko Haram, for lack of diligent prosecution. President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 rode to power on promises to end the insurgency.

According to the monarch, Boko Haram's killing spree is an indication that the government has failed in taming it.

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